The Friedman Brain Institute

Neuroscience Annual Retreat

The Friedman Brain Institute hosts a Neuroscience Retreat held in the spring of each year. Neuroscience is multidisciplinary by nature and, reflecting this, the scientists and physicians that contribute to the neurosciences at Mount Sinai hail from a variety of departments and campuses. The Retreat provides an opportunity for everyone in the Neuroscience community at Mount Sinai – faculty, fellows, students, researchers and clinicians – to meet and discuss their work in order to increase awareness of ongoing research and approaches, to foster new interactions, and to generate novel ideas.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR for our 13th Annual Neuroscience Retreat on Friday April 30, 2021

For additional information, please contact Vena Persaud at or Veronica Szarejko at

12th Annual Neuroscience Retreat
The 12th Annual Neuroscience Retreat sponsored by the Friedman Brain Institute and the Nash Family Department of Neuroscience was a great success. We had 536 attendees—a record. And we had more abstracts—166—this year than ever before, plus 285 votes for data blitz competition and 10 participating departments and institutes at Mount Sinai. A truly fabulous day to recognize Mount Sinai’s world class neuroscience community.

View the retreat program
View the Data Blitz videos
View the >60 e-posters that our students, postdocs, and others submitted

Congratulations to our award winners:

Neuroscience Mentorship Distinction Award (NMDA): Mark Baxter, Nash Family Department of Neuroscience

Postdoc Award: Stephanie Caligiuri (Kenny Lab)

Philip Hausfeld Memorial Scholarship Award: Lucy Bicks (Morishita Lab)

Best Presentations

  • Ana Badimon (Schaefer Lab)
  • Sarah King (Goldstein Lab)


  • Flurin Cathomas (Russo Lab)
  • Ofer Perl (Gu Lab)

Best Data Blitz

  • FIRST PLACE - Matthew Schafer (Schiller Lab)
  • SECOND PLACE - Kelsey Lucerne (Kiraly Lab)


  • FIRST PLACE - Elisa Navarro (Raj Lab)
  • SECOND PLACE - Kathryn Bowles (Goate Lab)

Best Images

  • FIRST PLACE - Jacob Wolf, Neurosurgery
  • SECOND PLACE - Brian Schilder, M.Phil., Neuroscience, Genetics & Genomic Sciences
  • THIRD PLACE - Ni-ka Ford, Department: Academic Informatics and Technology

Most “Liked” Social Media Image

  • FIRST PLACE - Deysi Veronica Barzallo, Mount Sinai Health Partners
  • SECOND PLACE - Amy Zhong, Instructional Technology Group
  • THIRD PLACE - Leslie Schlacter PA-C, Department of Neurosurgery

Daily Questions

  • Question #1: Amanda Leithead, Graduate Student, Harony-Nicolas Lab
  • Question #2: Zoe Christenson Wick Postdoctoral Fellow, Shuman Lab
  • Question #3: Vyoma Sahani, Research Assistant, Bachi Lab
  • Question #4: Sarah Neuner, Postdoctoral Fellow, Goate Lab
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